The deadline for a stopgap spending bill came Friday night, and the Senate (which needs a 60-vote margin to overcome a filibuster) failed to pass the bill that the House passed, so the government is officially shut down. To listen to Democrats, that means “people will DIE, and it’s all the Republicans’ fault!” In reality, it means non-essential services will be put on hold, and government workers will have to wait for their paychecks until this is settled. It's happened before, and somehow, we're all still alive.
Democrats are holding up funding because they want to include legalizing the children of illegal immigrants who are on the DACA program without including the border security measures President Trump is demanding. They somehow believe that that takes precedence over funding the CHIP children’s health insurance program, paying our troops, and other important functions of government. They also believe it's a safe gamble that Americans will blame the Republicans, who voted to keep the government funded, for the government not being funded. Bear in mind, these are the same people who thought the safest bet of the century was that Hillary would win the presidency. They also think voters will believe they’re doing this as a stand on principle that we “can’t keep kicking the can down the road.” This from the party that just added $10 trillion to the national debt in eight years. They've kicked that can so many times, the toes of their loafers are worn through.
There’s an old saying: “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” Well, Democrats got their government shutdown, and they got the public’s attention. Everyone now knows exactly what their priorities are. But if they think this will be painful, don't count on it. During previous shutdowns, most Americans barely noticed the difference. Democrats’ constituencies are much more likely to suffer from a cutoff of government services than Republicans’ will. Plus they no longer have a friendly White House to let them pull ridiculous stunts that make it more painful, like putting barricades up in front of monuments or closing down access to national forests (only God can make a tree, but apparently it takes federal money to allow you to look at one.) And President Trump is likely to view the shutdown as a convenient way to identify the “non-essential government agencies” that need to get the ax.
Here’s some sincere advice to my friends across the aisle: get the government turned back on ASAP. You’re dealing with a President who came to town on a promise to shut off the lights, and you just helped him by refusing to pay the electric bill.